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Intel Core i7-970 Processor 3.20 GHz 12 MB Cache Socket LGA1366

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  • This processor supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology This processor supports Intel 64 Architecture
  • This processor is a Six Core Processor This processor supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Intel Smart Cache: 12 MB Process: 32 nm Socket: Socket 1366
  • Process Type: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-970 Frequency: 3.20 GHz DMI: 4.8 GT/s
  • Power Consumption: 130 W VID Voltage Range: 0.800V-1.375V Max Memory Bandwidth: 25.6 GB/s
  • This processor supports Intel Virtualization Technology
  • This processor supports AES New Instructions
  • This processor supports Idle States Technology
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model Number: BX80613I7970
  • Processor Count: 4
  • Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: Three year limited warranty
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Intel Core i7 Processor i7-970 3.20GHz 12MB LGA1366 CPU

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The Intel Core i7-970 combines the power of six 3.2 GHz computing cores into a single processor built with 32 nm process technology. Hyper-Threading technology uses 12 threads to produce more efficient performance. And with 12 MB of Smart Cache, the Core i7-970 processor ensures that you get high responsiveness from your system, even when many intensive programs are running simultaneously. Compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset, the Core i7-970 processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level.

Intel Core i7-970 Processor

Intel Core i7-970

At a Glance:


  • Six 3.2 GHz cores using Hyper-Threading technology for more computing power
  • 12 threads for integrated, lag-free gaming performance
  • 12 MB of Smart Cache supports easy DVD, photo, and music editing
  • Turbo Boost technology for up to 3.46 GHz speed
  • Quick Path Interconnect speed of 4.8 GT/s increases levels of bandwidth
  • Backed by a three-year limited warranty
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Take your computing and gaming experience to the next level with the Intel Core i7-970 processor.
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12 Threads for Smooth Gaming

The Intel Core i7-970 processor is designed with six computing cores running at 3.2 GHz and thread-level parallelism. You'll experience smoother, more realistic gameplay as AI, physics, and rendering are distributed across the 6 cores and 12 threads. Hyper-Threading technology enables more efficient use of processor resources, making the most of highly threaded software.

High Performance for Digital Media Creation

Whether you're editing high-definition videos, touching up photos, or splicing music, the processor's 12 threads are optimized to keep up with the most advanced digital editing software. Video transcoding and compression and image rendering are done quickly. The i7-970 easily handles HD video, and accelerates DVD encoding and compression. The 12 MB of Smart Cache memory increases available RAM resources, providing faster performance while multitasking.

Powerful Microarchitecture Eliminates Slowdown

The i7 family is Intel's flagship processor--for this line, Intel engineers invented a revolutionary new style of microarchitecture. They replaced the front side bus--a longtime staple of processor design--with a new technology called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). With a QPI speed of 4.8 GT/s, the i7-970 processor achieves higher levels of bandwidth, and uses its six computing cores for faster and more streamlined processing, even when running multiple applications. Turbo Boost technology allows the processor to run up to 133 MHz faster when it's operating below power/thermal limits.

Compatibility

The i7-970 processor uses an FCLGA1366 socket. It is compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset.

The Intel i7-970 Processor is backed by a three-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box

Intel Core six-core 3.2 GHz i7-970 processor


Intel Core i7 Processor Comparison
Intel Core i7-990X Processor Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-970 Processor Intel Core i7-960 Processor
Number of Processing Cores 6 6 6 4
Number of Simultaneous Threads 12 (With Intel HT Technology) 12 (With Intel HT Technology) 12 (With Intel HT Technology) 8 (With Intel HT Technology)
Clock Speed 3.46 GHz 3.33 GHz 3.20 GHz 3.20 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.73 GHz 3.60 GHz 3.46 GHz 3.46 GHz
Intel Smart Cache 12 MB 12 MB 12 MB 8 MB
Max Memory Size 24 GB 24 GB 24 GB 24 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066 DDR3-1066 DDR3-800/1066 DDR3-800/1066
Number of DDR3 Memory Channels 3 3 3 3
AES New Instructions Yes Yes Yes No


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 3.2 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
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  • ASIN: B003UATLOS
  • Item model number: BX80613I7970
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 18, 2010

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Computer Reviewer on August 16, 2010
In short, the i7 970 is the 980x's little brother...and it tries hard to emulate the 980x's traits.

Where it does well is performance per watt; if your workload involves heavy usage of multi-threaded application, this processor is a god send.
Compared to my i7 920 @ 4GHz, this processor was at minimum 40% faster in rendering, encoding, and compression tasks.

In games I did not notice an appreciable gain.

I was able to overclock this CPU to 4GHz and my temps peak around 78-84 degrees C using a Prolimatech Megahalems.

The one flaw in the 970's emulation of the 980 is with regards to pricing; the 980x is $100 more, and having the unlocked multiplier makes that a better value.

All in all, this is a great product...six blazing fast cores!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on January 23, 2011
I upgraded from a 930 because I needed more speed and cores for video rendering. The improvement is very noticable. I did the research and the socket 2011 coming will have quad channel RAM, but so far that is about it. I figured instead of upgrading my motherboard, RAM and CPU just because Intel is trying to sell more of all types of product, I should just get this and this should be good to go for a good while.

I overclocked this to match the 980X's specs. That is all that you have to do. I paid about half the price on an auction site and I am pleased with that. I have not tested for games, but I imgaine that it is serious. Everything is much faster than the 930 which was fast by itself. With HT on, it is very smooth. I just wish that I could turn the Turbo Boost off. I have a Gigabyte board and it will not turn off. Great chip.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael M. on October 13, 2011
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The Intel Core i7 970... with Socket 1366 phasing out, lacking an unlocked multiplier, AMD's Bulldozer now here and Ivy Bridge around the corner, one wonders the logic behind buying this processor at this stage of the CPU game?

There are several factors where this processor makes A LOT of sense for me. It may make a lot of sense for you too:

- I have a high end Socket 1366 motherboard and didn't want to invest in a new socket.
- I didn't want to downgrade to dual channel memory when I have a great set of triple channel DDR3 (I do understand that the real world performance difference between dual and triple channel is minimal)
- I can still get a good amount of money for my old i7 920 cpu, which is still relevant, 2.5 years later. Reselling my old CPU drives down the overall cost of this upgrade.
- AMD's new Bulldozer CPUs aren't all that; for single threaded programs, old i7 920s still perform better than it, according to several benchmarks ran by reputable review sites.
- I run a lot of multithreaded applications, including video editing. Delicious hexacore + hyperthreading.
- I do a bit of gaming, but cool, reliable and stable high speed processing is more appealing than maximum CPU overclocking.
- Even with a locked multiplier, individuals are getting amazing overclocks on this, even with the stock cooler.
- There aren't really many games, if any at all, where an i7 970 is a bottleneck that a faster GPU can't resolve. To that note, there aren't many where even an i7 920 is a huge bottleneck.
- The returns on processing power vs price are rapidly diminishing after i7 970.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blueticks on August 29, 2011
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I've been building computers (as a hobby) for the last 15 years and must say I was amazed how much faster my i7 950 was over my AMD 1090T.

However, I'm really amazed by the overall performance boost when I purchased the i7 970 6-core (12 if you include the logical cores) processor. Even in non-multi-threaded applications, there seems to be an overall boost to system performance and also stability.

I do a lot of compressing and encryption. Watching a 2GB file become encrypted and compressed in WinZip in mere seconds is pretty impressive.

It does come with a fairly good heatsink and I'm not rushing to buy another one. I'm not a hardcore overclocked and so far, this processor has all the speed I need. Using Arctic Silver 5 and the stock heatsink, the temperature never goes above ~45-47C when using something that maxes the CPU out for an extended period (i.e. Handbrake. With SpeedStep turned on in "balanced" mode it idles in the upper 20'sC (~27-29C)

Unlike what other people and benchmarks say, even gaming (i.e. Crysis) seems to have a noticeable improvement in both game stability and startup time. Using Arctic Silver 5 and the stock heatsink, the temperature never goes above ~45-47C when using something that maxes the CPU out for an extended period (i.e. Handbrake).

Now, on the other hand, is it worth $500? Well, it all depends on how much you use your computer. Plus, I sold my i7 950 on a major auction site for ~$230 and my Corsair A70 for ~$30. So for me, the extra $300 is worth it. The performance is that impressive; however, it is still in the "luxury" category for me.

If you're an engineer or graphic artist and need the performance for your work, I would say it's well worth it (if you have a multi-threaded app.).
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